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URGENT Need: Help Us at National Disasters (Hurricane & Wildfires)

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American Red Cross - Wisconsin Region

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Experts predict the 2020 hurricane and wildfire seasons may be among the most active we will ever face. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the mission of the American Red Cross continues, as it must, because of amazing volunteers and individuals. Please consider joining us in a temporary volunteer position NOW - and get fully trained - before disasters strike. Most disaster deployments call for a 2-3 week commitment and ability to work multiple shifts on consecutive days. Together, we will be ready when the time comes!

Shelter Associate
The Shelter Service Associate is a temporary position assigned to work in person in a Red Cross shelter before, during and/or after a disaster event. Shelter Service Associates complete tasks necessary for shelter operations and provide assistance for disaster clients. Shelter Service Associates support the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information, or other areas within a shelter.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Following worker safety procedures for working in a COVID environment
  • Embodying the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross in their work with clients, disaster responders and partners
  • Providing excellent client service and support the daily maintenance of the shelter operation at the direction of the assigned Shelter Supervisor
  • Using the Shift Tool during the disaster event to report availability and schedule shelter shifts
  • Completing the required virtual self-paced training (3 hours of training total)

SKILLS

  • Ability to build appropriate and effective relationships with co-workers and shelter residents
  • Ability to support and correct performance, manage conflict and ask for help early on so that workflow and service delivery does not impact shelter residents or the shelter community
  • Demonstrates clear, concise, and effective written and verbal communication
  • Lift / carry 20 lbs. multiple times/shift
  • Stand and or sit for two-hour periods and walk for two miles during a shift
  • Walk on uneven terrain
  • Work outdoors in inclement weather, extreme heat and/or humidity and/or extreme cold
  • Climb two or more flights of stairs
  • Speak clearly on phone and in person
  • Work for long periods on computer and/or reading small print and/or writing
  • Drive in daytime and at night
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Willing and able to volunteer in person in a COVID -19 disaster shelter before, during and/or after a disaster event
  • Availability to sign up for shifts on consecutive days (shifts may be 4, 8 or 12 hours long)
  • Willing to complete 3 hours of virtual self-paced training required for position
  • Ability to read, write, and follow verbal and written instructions in English

TRAINING

  • Everyone is Welcome
  • Shelter Fundamentals
  • Shelter Fundamental - Supplemental short videos
  • Congregate Sheltering Activities in COVID-19 Environment
  • Deployment Fundamentals
  • Mission Cards - Cardholder Overview

**MUST SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AT WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/VOLUNTEER

Questions? Contact Sarah at sarah.luth@redcross.org or (608) 347-8791

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About American Red Cross - Wisconsin Region

Location:

4860 Sheboygan Avenue, Madison, WI 53705, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Description

Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether its one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2927 Losey Blvd S, La CrosseLa Crosse, WI 54601

(43.78007,-91.21893)
 

SKILLS

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • When disaster strikes - 2-3 week commitment
  • Must submit a volunteer application at redcross.org/volunteer

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